REUNION REPORTS


| March/April 1973



Grotron engine

A 10 HP Grotron engine and the owner is Harry Rogers, Kensington, Ohio. This shot was taken at the Stumptown Steam Threshers Club, Inc., New Athens, Ohio. Courtesy of Jack C. Norbeck, 117 Ruch Street, Apartment 8, Coplay, Pa. 18037.

Jack C. Norbeck

STORY ABOUT THE 1972 STEAM POWER SHOW AT KINGS, ILL. NORTH CENTRAL ILLINOIS STEAM POWER SHOW MOVES AHEAD IN 1972

Secretary, North Central Illinois Steam Power Show, Illinois.

The shareholders and associates of the Kings Show, 'King Farm', Kings, Illinois, found themselves more than busy during the past summer despite the heavy rains of record porportion of the upper region of Illinois. The activities started with the sowing of twenty acres of oats in late April. While the oats were growing, committees were formed and the parade vehicle was assembled at Davis Junction on George Hedtke's implement truck. Decorated in patriotic colors with animated historical displays which included spinning wheels, butter churn, washing machine, doll buggy, baby cradle, rug loom, wool carding, coffee grinder, sewing machine, caning chairs, all displays depicting ancient agricultural household activities. The parades that this vehicle participated in were as follows: Rochelle Loyalty Day, Harvard Milk Day, Shabbona Centennial, Dixon Petunia Festival, 4th of July at Kirkland and Mt. Morris. A participation award was received at Dixon for an animated float.

Many meetings were held during the year and committee progress reported. Plans were made with the neighboring show at Freeport about the exchange of various tractors and engines. Work days were set up, meetings with various concessions and food stands were held and soon a truck load of logs from Rockford was unloaded by the saw mill. Thirty-three logs were sawed during the show. The grain was cut and shocked despite the rain and shortly thereafter the tents arrived and were put up in designated places. The low-boys were busy hauling engines, tractors, and threshing machines. Parking committees were busy marking off the parking area. Truck loads of horses arrived, fed and bedded down on the grounds. 'OPENING MORNING WAS HERE'!!!

The officers raised the flag and ticket takers opened the gates, engineers lit their fires, concessioneers opened their windows, horses were harnessed and hitched to the wagons and the advance work and planning was showing its good results. The first of 13,000 spectators came through the admission gate. The camping area started to fill up with people who were planning to spend the weekend down on the farm. The Kings Show at Kings, Illinois presents its 12 main activities on a 70 acre farm.

After a hardy breakfast was served, the first activity of the day was the sawmill operation with sawing of huge logs, of different type of wood, with Vincent Duetch, of Zwingle, Ia., putting on a good show. Sawing continued throughout the day. Periodically there was time out to run a few shingles on the shingle mill. Various gas tractors and oilpulls take turns powering the shingle mill. These tractors then moved over to a buzz saw and cut up the slab wood. As these engines were in use, you'd see in another area a big steam engine being belted up to the Baker fan, while a big gas tractor was waiting its turn.

By the time mid-morning had been reached, it was time to thresh a few bundle of oats. It's sort of traditional at Kings Show, that J. Floyd King moves the 50 h.p. Case steam engine and the 32 x 54 steel threshing machine to start the day's threshing. His long experience as a thresherman shows up as he carefully backs the engine into the belt. Teams of horses are on the bundle wagon and the crowds gather to watch the smooth outfit run. Then other tractors and engines take their turns periodically during the day.